New pool of skilled farm help
AGRICULTURE and horticulture businesses in the Northern Rivers can now access short-term skilled labourers thanks to a program called North Coast Shared Labour Pool.
After a successful pilot run by Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers, it has been taken over by NSW Sugar Milling Cooperative.
The pilot involved the sugar, macadamia and tea tree industries and provided workers with accredited TAFE courses that were designed to meet skill shortages in agriculture industries.
Graduates have since worked in other local agriculture industries, including bananas, avocado and blueberries in more than 2000 days of casual employment in the Richmond catchment area.
"The labour pool is a great initiative as it supports local farmers and increases employment opportunities for people in our community," said project manager Marina D'Urso from NSW Sugar Milling Cooperative.
For more information on the shared labour program, go to the website www.sharedlabourpool.com.au or call Marina on 0448 031 295.